Robert Morris Falls in Final Non-Conference game against Notre Dame


The Colonials square off against Eastern Michigan on Wednesday at home to continue MAC play Photo credit: Hope Beatty

Cameron Macariola

MOON TOWNSHIP– The Fighting Irish led by Christine Halfpenny, who once played underneath Robert Morris head coach Katrina Silva, came into Joe Walton Sunday afternoon and defeated the Colonials by a score of 21-6.

The Colonials have grown to know the Fighting Irish well over the past few years as they faced them twice in the 2021 season once in the regular season and once in the NCAA Tournament.

Head Coach Katrina Silva spoke about the team having more time to prepare this season compared to their first two meetings.

“When you face them in the NCAA [Tournament] you have a lot to lose, so there’s the pressure on that team. We played them the first time the year of COVID, and they had COVID so we didn’t prepare for that game we kind of just threw it at them,” Silva said. “This was the first time they knew this was on the schedule, they knew it was coming, they knew it would be a hard weekend. And they worked harder to prepare to play their best.”

The Colonials would put up a good fight with goals from Koterwas, Coleman, Irwin, and Anderson.

Silva was extremely proud of her team for putting up a fight against the Fighting Irish.

“It was amazing,” Silva said. “This is what we wanted to do today. We wanted to show Bobby Mo ball. we wanted to play hard, we wanted to be gritty, we wanted to be tough. The first quarter really demonstrated that.”

Notre Dame defeated RMU 21-6 on Sunday afternoon to conclude the Colonials’ non-conference slate Photo credit: Hope Beatty

The Colonials would end up slowing down on the offensive end as they would only find the back of the net two more times in the rest of the game.

“We had a game yesterday, I don’t know if people remember that,” Silva said. “We had a great game yesterday won that game. Came out and our kids put in every bit that they had. I think we’re getting a lot of confidence with this group.”

The team would fall in the contest, but they will walk away with knowing more about themselves and taking it into the final few weeks of MAC play.

“I think we have to work on our mentality every game. This team could have showed up every game all year long and I think that’s something we will still keep working on,” Silva said. “We want a non-conference schedule that really challenges us that pushes us to the limit. We had that and we’re working on how to approach every game.”

The Colonials end their non-conference schedule with a record of 2-7. The focus now will be on the MAC and their final three-games which begin with a matchup against Eastern Michigan Wednesday afternoon.